EDGE Programs

EDGE offers tailored programs designed to develop the skills, networks and expertise you need to launch a new venture and help it grow. Our programs are curated for our community members.

Learn more about each of our programs below.

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Social Impact Catalyst

You’re an aspiring youth impact entrepreneur looking to learn alongside a group of other inspiring changemakers. You want to learn more about social impact, entrepreneurship and how to lead a social venture. You have a promising idea or a new venture that aims to create change aligned with this year’s theme: climate change and environmental sustainability.

This program has been made possible with the generous support of RBC Future Launch, a proud partner of Sheridan and EDGE.

Check out Social Impact Catalyst if:

Benefits

$2,000 Honorarium per venture

Virtual community and networking opportunities

Group and one-on-one mentoring

Support to promote your venture

And more!

Co-op on the Edge

You’re ready to build an impact project during your co-op term. You have a solid venture idea or freelance skills and may be working with a team. You’re interested in a unique, hands-on experience that will build your entrepreneurial thinking and leadership skills.

Check out Co-op on the EDGE if:

Benefits

Complete co-op requirements while building your own social impact-focused venture

Fast track to enhanced EDGE supports

Access to individual mentorship

Access to the EDGE workspace and student membership

$2,000 Honorarium per venture

Explore

You’re curious about making an impact using entrepreneurial approaches. You’re looking for flexible ways to expand your skills and then put them to use right away on projects you care about. You’re keen to explore how you might create a new venture or practice your innovation skills with an existing venture.

Check out Explore if:

Benefits

Self-paced modules and hands-on remote learning opportunities

Access to post your skills on the EDGEncy job board

Certificate of completion and recognition on your co-curricular record

Opportunity to build your resume and professional portfolio

Network with EDGE’s vibrant impact entrepreneur community

And more!

Leap Startup League

This unique program is offered as a partnership between EDGE and the University of Toronto Mississauga’s ICUBE incubator.

You’re an aspiring social enterprise founder or impact start-up team looking to take the leap on an idea. You’re ready to design the business model to support your social venture, create prototypes and explore sustainable ways this idea might someday pay the bills.

Check out Leap Startup League if:

Benefits

One-on-one mentorship with industry experts

Access to the resources of two vibrant incubators

Impact-oriented business, branding, and communications training

Financial and legal information sessions

EDGE and ICUBE UTM Belt of Recognition and membership perks

And more!

Rise

Your social venture is in motion: your product or service is outlined, your impact is clear, you understand your customers’ challenges at a deep level and your sights are set on revenue. It’s time to Rise! This 12-month program focuses on high-value, high-intensity support for social venture founders, customized to your venture’s stage of growth. We’ll help you focus so you can create an impactful, profitable and sustainable venture. You’ll have the chance to learn in small groups of diverse and like-minded founders while growing your impact and advancing your ambitious goals.   

Check out Rise if:

Benefits

Individualized coaching focused on people, planet and profit valued at $6,000

Support from seasoned mentors who collaborate to ensure your venture’s success.

Practical problem-solving support and introductions to key networks

Help to drive customer leads for your venture using proven digital marketing strategies

Access to a dynamic cohort of fellow impact entrepreneurs at similar stages of growth 

And more!